NECTRESSE Natural No Calorie Sweetener, 40-Count Packets

New Nectresse Natural No Calorie Sweetener is what you’ve been searching for- 100% natural, zero calories and the rich, sweet taste of sugar. Nectresse Sweetener is made with deliciously sweet monk fruit extract combined with the perfect blend of other natural sweeteners to give you the sweet taste of sugar without all the calories. For recipes, samples and more information about NECTRESSE Sweetener and monk fruit, visit nectresse.com. From the maker of SPLENDA Sweeteners.

Product Features

  • 100% natural; nothing artificial
  • Zero calories per serving
  • Rich sweet taste of sugar
  • Made from monk fruit
  • Convenient single serve packet size

 

3 thoughts on “NECTRESSE Natural No Calorie Sweetener, 40-Count Packets

  1. A fine new option for a low calorie sweetner PROS:Very nearly like sugarWorks great in cold beveragesOkay for hot beverages (see cons below)No ‘cooling effect’Worked reasonably in a baking applicationNo synthesized, chemical ingredientsCONS:Contains trace amounts of sugar and molasses”Natural” but not necessarily non-GMONot exactly zero calories (greater than two servings likely greater than 5 calories)Very slightly bitter aftertaste in hot beveragesSlight honey-like overtones added to the sweetnessThe ‘natural’ moniker is relative: it contains some refined sugar and is not necessarily from non-GMO sourcesNOTE: Please realize that when reviewing any food item, including sweeteners, I can only give my opinion. Everyone’s taste buds are different and everyone’s perception of what tastes good in a sweetener is different. I have done my best to describe this product, but in the end you will have to taste it yourself and see what you think.FULL REVIEW:Nectresse is the latest no calorie sweetener from McNeil Nutritionals. It is an admixture of Erythritol, sucrose, monk fruit (luo han guo) extract, and molasses. The combination adds another low calorie sweetener to the mix and generally successful, depending on the application.WHAT’S IN THE PACKAGE:Nectresse is supplied in small nearly 1/2 teaspoon, 2.4 g packets (for comparison there are 4.2 g of sugar per teaspoon). That said, 1/2 teaspoon of Nectress supplies the same sweetness as two teaspoons of sugar. The packets are thicker foil packets, not the paper packets such as sugar an other sweetners are often packaged in. This is likely due to the need to protect the Nectress from moisture in the environment, as it is likely more hygroscopic (moisture absorbing) than other sweeteners. The Nectress itself is slightly yellow in color but it has the same texture as sucrose, mimicking a very light, blonde sugar. It mixes easily in hot or cold beverages and handles very similarly to sugar for these kinds of applications.RAW TASTE:When tasted directly out of the packet, the Nectresse is almost as cleanly sweet as table sugar, but it has some slightly honey overtones. Overall, this is a very pleasant sweetness. There is no bitter after taste when tasted cold: if you try the directly out of the package taste test with most Stevia brands, the result is a shocking bitter after taste. Plain erythritol has a cleaner, sucrose sweetness but is plagued with a very pronounced and to some disturbing cool after sensation (kind of like you get with mint or menthol, without the mint or menthol taste).On the upside, the sweetness factor is really quite good, depending on the application the taste is nearly as good as sugar. When sweetening cold beverages (ice tea, lemonade) the Nectresse really shined. The sweetness level was robust and it was hard to distinguish from sugar. The honey-like overtones may not jibe with every application, but these were at least pleasant overtones as compared to other non-sugar sweeteners.Sadly, when used in hot beverages, such as coffee, there is a slightly perceptible, bitter aftertaste. This is similar to the aftertaste you might get from Stevia, but not nearly as pronounced. Unlike Stevia, the taste is simply bitter–there are no licorice after tones. The more sweetener used, the more the bitterness. If you like your coffee lightly sweet, you may not notice it. If you like your coffee on the more intensely sweeter side, it is noticeable. That said, the bitter taste is less pronounced in hot tea, possibly secondary to the acidity.Please note, that the bulk of the sweetness here is likely from the monk fruit extract. Monk fruit is about 150 times as sweet as sugar, so you would only need very tiny amounts of monk fruit extract for sweetness. The erythritol, sugar, and molasses are added to add bulk, texture, and consistency to the product, so that it more closely resembles and behaves like table sugar. They may also compliment or balance the taste of the product, but can’t account for the level of sweetness.(There is only 1/2 teaspoon of product per package: erythritol is only 70% as sweet as sugar–it would take more than 2 1/2 teaspoons of erythritol to equal the sweetness of 2 teaspoons of sugar. And quite obviously, even 1/2 teaspoon of sucrose couldn’t get you the equivalent of 2 teaspoons of itself. Molasses is not as sweet as sugar and has a distinctive taste, so there’s not enough molasses in the mix to account for the sweetness. )BAKING:On the FAQ section on Nectresse’s website, it was mentioned that you could bake with Nectresse. Ever interested in experimentation, I decided to give it a try. I used a simple sugar cookie recipe and baked three kinds of cookies sweetened with: 1) sugar; 2) Nectresse; and 3) pure erythritol. I commandeered my 9 and 12…

  2. Unique sweetness makes Nectresse a winner “Hello, my name is David, and I’m a sugar addict.” “Hello, David.” True, I love my sweets, but my sweets do not love me. Hence, I tend to rely on sugar substitues (perhaps a little too much) to stave off those sugar cravings. My go-to has always been stevia, in one form or another, whether liquid extract, powder, crystalized (Truvia), or organic ground, as I think stevia is an excellent sweetener. But, always willing to try something new, I was happy to indulge in Nectresse, a new natural sweetner from the makers of Splenda.The primary source of sweetener in Nectresse is monk fruit (aka luo han guo), which I have eaten as an additive in other foods, and have always found to be tasty. This was my first opportunity trying it as an actual sugar substitute, so I tried to utilize it in several different applications.First, on its own, Nectresse is great. I initially thought there was a slightly off aftertaste, but I realized it was hints of the monk fruit itself, and the flavor everntually grew on me. I then sprinkled Nectresse on various kinds of fruits, from watermelon and peaches to strawberries and cantaloupe, and it fared well on all of them, adding just the right touch of sweetness without overpowering the natural flavors of the fruits.I also added Nectresse to cold almond milk, as well as hot tea, and was very pleasantly surprised to see how well the granuals disolved in liquid, which tends to be problematic with stevia (mostly so with Truvia). And not a lot of Nectresse was necessary to sweeten the drinks (maybe half a packet), so a little goes a long way.I did not have the opportunity to bake with Nectresse, so I cannot comment on how well it does in baked goods, but based on my initial observations, I think it’s likely to perform well.Now, I would exercise some caution here, as there is sugar in Nectresse — though, less than 1g (which, in a 2.4g serving, could still be significant). The other ingredients are Erythritol and Molasses. So, if you are on a complete no sugar diet, you’d likely have to skip this sweetener. Still, there are 0 calories overall, with the Erythritol providing 2g of carbohydrates.Overall, I think Nectresse is a far better option than Splenda and Aspartame (especially considering their sketchy health and safety issues), but in my opinion, not quite as good as stevia. But, taste is highly subjective, so I think opinions are likely to be quite divided here. I will definitely continue to use Nectresse, as it’s a great form of monk fruit extract, but it won’t be the first product I reach for when attempting to quell my sweet tooth.

  3. Metallic, more fruity and tart than sweet I used 2 of these packets in tea and got rid of the rest. I found the taste to be unpleasant – didn’t seem sweet, more tart and fruity than sweet. And, I sensed a metallic like aftertaste. I thought it was terrible. But, I recognize that everyone’s taste is different. You may like this just fine and you may have an entirely different application for it than mine. I also don’t like Splenda, so you may like this product better if you’re a Splenda fan. I just wouldn’t buy a truckload of it before you sample it.

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